MARZELLA TYSON, M.P.A.
Marzella is an accomplished executive with a wealth of experience in non-profit leadership and a demonstrated commitment to serving at-risk and disenfranchised populations. Currently serving as the Chief Executive Officer of Meals on Wheels Collin County, Marzella's journey in this organization began as the Director of Operations, showcasing her dedication and ability to progress within the ranks.
Marzella holds a Master's degree in Public Health from Southern Connecticut State University, which has provided her with a solid foundation in addressing the complex challenges faced by communities. With an impressive track record spanning over 20 years, she has made a significant impact in various leadership roles across Texas and New England.
In Texas, Marzella served as the Director of Programs for Interfaith Housing Coalition, where she spearheaded initiatives aimed at supporting homeless families. Her tenure as the Executive Director for Pedi Place focused on providing essential healthcare services to medically underserved children. Additionally, Marzella played a pivotal role in overseeing the distribution of funds for in-community programming for the National Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
Marzella's expertise in public health and social programs extended to her work in New England. Collaborating with governmental municipalities, renowned educational institutions such as Yale University School of Public Health, and faith-based partners like Teen Challenge and HUD, she implemented programs that significantly improved the quality of life for at-risk families, pregnant women, and children. Notably, her role as the Director of Alcohol and Drug Prevention for the City of New Haven, Connecticut, involved designing a comprehensive citywide continuum of care to support individuals grappling with addiction.
Continuing her commitment to rehabilitation and support, Marzella served as the Director of an Intermediate Sanctions Program in Connecticut. In this capacity, she guided probationary and parolees in their journey towards employment and crisis management, contributing to their successful reintegration into society.
Marzella's dedication to effecting policy change led her to serve as the Associate Director of Family Services for the Connecticut Association for Human Services in Hartford, CT. Here, she passionately advocated for state healthcare access and early preschool immunizations for medically underserved children. Her influential voice reached thousands through PSA billboards, radio appearances, and collaborations with INFOLINE, a crisis intervention and suicide prevention information and referral network operated through United Way.